User:Sławomir Biały

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Depiction of WMF destroying Wikipedia with Visual Editor and flow.

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en-5 This user can contribute with a professional level of English.
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Notice: As of now I am no longer maintaining a watchlist of any kind. My old watchlist is preserved at /watchlist.

Please leave me a message by email, which I check every day and respond to regularly. If you do not wish to interact by email, then you may leave a message here. This page shows up in my related changes, which I check on a sporadic basis. I do not maintain a watchlist. I typically operate an alternate account Slawekb (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) because my name is long and the diacritics are not always available. If you can help it though, please don't call me "Slawek" or "Slawekb". I prefer "Sławomir" (pronounced "Swav-o-meer"), although "Slawomir" (without the diacritic) is also acceptable. If you prefer a handle, "SB" is fine as well.
In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger.

How Facts Backfire, Boston Globe, 11 July 2010

In a practical, immediate way, one sees the limits of the so-called “extended mind” clearly in the mob-made Wikipedia, the perfect product of that new vast, supersized cognition: when there’s easy agreement, it’s fine, and when there’s widespread disagreement on values or facts, as with, say, the origins of capitalism, it’s fine, too; you get both sides. The trouble comes when one side is right and the other side is wrong and doesn’t know it. The Shakespeare authorship page and the Shroud of Turin page are scenes of constant conflict and are packed with unreliable information... Our trouble is not the over-all absence of smartness but the intractable power of pure stupidity, and no machine, or mind, seems extended enough to cure that.

Adam Gopnik, "How the Internet gets inside us"; New Yorker, 14 February 2011

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